Entertainment makers have been secretly hiding weird things in their craftswork for a very long time. It's only after the advent of the DVD that finding weird things became popular, and was given the unoriginal term "Easter Eggs." The Internet helped the spread as well...now that such information can be easily traded, it doesn't take long for secrets to get out and there are now a billion websites cataloguing hidden material. You might have heard that the first electronic "Easter Egg" was in the 1978 Atari game Adventure, in which programmer William Robinett, frustrated with the Atari tyrants not giving him any credit for his game, hid his name in it. Picking up an invisible block and carrying it back to the first screen produced a huge flashing "CREATED BY WARREN ROBINETT!!" sign, and by most accounts the "Easter Egg" was born. But if we're counting any piece of electronics that you're supposed to stare at, there was a robot at Disneyland in the 70's that would perform for an audience, then the curtains would shut...and it would whirl around and make an extremely obscene gesture to nobody but itself. It wasn't caught until one morning when the curtains got stuck and wouldn't close. Every mother in the audience blew up.
But that's not all! The rest of this page is comprised of the most interesting easter eggs to actually exist:
The original MYST had a nice one too. You explore the CD and find the vids of the brothers talking gibberish. Play one of them backwards and you realize he's actually saying "Rush Limbaugh understands..."
If you put Castlevania: Symphony of the Night in a CD player, you'll soon hear Alucard's voice saying something along the lines of "You shouldn't be playing a data CD in an audio CD player, but you aren't going to listen to me, are you?" and then a secret song plays.
From the little-known "Bride of Pinbot" - and quite possibly, the most difficult and pointless easter egg to find. After a ball is plunged into the plunger lane, hold the right flipper for 45 seconds, then the left for 45 seconds, then both for 45 seconds. A beep should indicate you did it right. Then tap out the song "Old McDonald Had A Farm" starting with the right flipper (timing is important, so it helps to sing along). When you finish OLD MCDONALD HAD A FARM the DMD will display EEEEEEIIIIII EEEEIIIIII OOOOOOO. Continue on with AND ON THIS FARM HE HAD A and the DMD will show a cow, which moos. Continue still with WITH A MOO MOO HERE AND A MOO MOO THERE and the game responds with HERE A MOO THERE A MOO EVERYWHERE A MOO MOO.
ZELDA: LINK TO THE PAST
This was in the game for years, but not many really knew that...until the Internet blossomed, various gamers got together, and said to each other "What, you found that one day? Hey, I did too!" It's a room full of Rupees and a message from "Chris Houlihan," who by current theory must have been the winner of a Nintendo Power contest that promised your name mentioned in a Nintendo game. It was never revealed who won and for which game, however....and this room is almost impossible to find; to get in here most accounts say you must zoom around Hyrule performing several stunts with no room for error, then race right into an open hole. The room is only activated by glitch errors involving screen changes, so your only hope is to glitch up the game at the exact moment you fall in a hole that leads somewhere.
ZELDA: LINK'S AWAKENING
This is even more confusing than the room, and it's easily doable. Just sprinkle Magic Powder on any Buzz Blob in the game, and it'll turn into a strange-looking wiggly thing. Talk to the thing, and it says any one of the following four phrases:
"You know me, I like short names the best..."
"It can display millions of polygons!"
"I definately need it, as soon as possible!"
My best guess is that this is an inside joke aimed at one of the game developers. Some think it was an early hint at the Nintendo 64 based on the "polygons" comment, but the N64 couldn't display MILLIONS of them.
SKIES OF ARCADIA (Dreamcast)
If you put it in a CD player, Vyse and the Crew yell at you to take it out and put it back in the Dreamcast.
LUNAR: SILVER STAR STORY
The CD contains a secret message from the game's villain that can only be accessed if you rip the file off of the disk. In the audio file the villain commends your "evil" ways and claims that you would make a good minion for him.
DONKEY KONG COUNTRY 2
Using a cheat device to get every item in the game, you'll actually recieve a 103 percent score--one percentage higher than the highest score normally obtainable...and your rank will be listed as "Cheating Chump."
OLD CRUMMY TRS-80 COMPUTERS
Radio Shack used to sell these back in the late 80's; they would call them Tandy computers and they used your television as the monitor. Before I even had an Apple, I had one of these things, and the Net has since revealed to me that if I ever by chance pushed Control, Shift, Alt and Escape at the same time, the screen would have transformed into a full-color picture of the TRS-80 developers. The only reason a picture could be saved on a computer like this at all was because the ROM size was just above 4K, and they used two 4K-size chips, then just filled up the extra memory with that. And I COULD have found it by chance--about the best entertainment value I ever got out of the TRS-80 was to switch it on and off and watch the pretty colors.
GRAND THEFT AUTO: SAN ANDREAS
To see this one, you must go to the bridge that connects San Fierro to Las Venturas. Now you've got to find some way to the top of the bridge, and once you do, head to the central pillar to FIND:
Hamster + Microwave = FUN!
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